"The music flows through the earphones into you. These vibrations bring a shiver to your spine as you are engrossed by the sound. The lyrics bring a swell to your chest as you are inspired by their content. As the song winds to a close your eye darts to the clock at the bottom of your screen. It has been hours since you began. Where has the time gone?"

In this section, you will find review and analysis of cyberpunk music that is inspired, influenced, or overlaps with the genre.

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Exceptionalism? What a joke. I get it though, I really do. You’re just a kid and up until now you’ve had a parent or two who’s been telling you that you’re clever and talented and if you work hard enough you can have it all. They’ve been telling you this while hiding anything that requires […]

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I recently wrote an article for Neon Dystopia on Mondo 2000, a cyberculture magazine that helped shape the cyberpunk sub-genre. When thinking of Mondo, the first person that comes to mind for most people is Ken Goffman, better known as R.U. Sirius. While he may be best known for his time at Mondo 2000, Sirius […]

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The Introduction In my professional life, I teach literature. Occasionally, I will force my students to read Neuromancer. The book tends to confuse my students and often draws mixed reviews, both admirers, and detractors. I have known students to become enamored with the cyberpunk genre to the point that by semester’s end they’re making a […]

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This last week in cyberpunk, cable networks find themselves at the mercy of hackers, experts show just how insecure people should be about election integrity, and there might be a little trouble with LA’s iconic sound. Cyberpunk Reality HBO Hack Worse Than First Disclosed Looks like HBO knows nothing. Or maybe the network’s feeling a […]

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“A new life awaits you in the Off-world colonies! A chance to begin again in a golden land of opportunity and adventure!” Take time away from all the ways that we inch closer to a cyberpunk dystopia with a soothing vacation Offworld. Celldweller’s fourth studio album is a vocal-based atmospheric exploration into harmonies and melodies. […]

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Cyberpunk news for the week brings us an encroaching police state that falsifies evidence, removes privacy protections, and robs you. On the bright side, we’re giving a front seat to the future of Los Angeles and we’ll have plenty of music along the way. Cyberpunk Reality Attorney General Jeff Sessions Reinstates Asset Forfeiture In an […]

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It’s hot. Too hot. Close to the skin, slick sheen of summer sweat hot. The kind of hot that demands an escape from the city, somewhere there’s a cool breeze and a drink with ice in it. If that happens to be a VR headset in an air conditioned Clean Air parlour where you can […]

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This last week in cyberpunk we got a much-needed wake-up call from a reporter being fed fake docs, wondered just how much sunlight we’re getting, and heard the first sounds of a legend going back on tour (it’s Gary Numan). Cyberpunk Reality Rachel Maddow to News Media: Vet Your Sources With several Russian investigations in […]

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In anticipation of a new album in 2017, Neon Dystopia looks back at a much-overlooked release from the UK’s legendary Massive Attack. “Take a look around the world, you see such bad things happening…” Upon waking up to the troubling news of recent weeks from the UK, I found myself thinking of the Massive Attack song A Prayer for […]

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